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Letters Incidental thrombocytopenia

Test for HIV if clinically indicated, regardless of risk factors

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 02 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1971
  1. Aparna Briggs, specialist registrar, genitourinary medicine1,
  2. Alison Wright, consultant in genitourinary medicine1
  1. 1Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield S10 2JF, UK
  1. aparna.briggs{at}

Bradbury and Murray list HIV infection as a cause of thrombocytopenia in asymptomatic patients and include HIV testing in their list of suggested investigations,1 although they favour limiting testing to patients with identified risk factors.

Isolated abnormalities in the full blood count (thrombocytopenia, anaemia, neutropenia, and lymphopenia) …

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